If you're like me, you probably thought wind turbines offered one of the best possible solutions for our global energy crisis. Turns out they're not the green panacea we've all been waiting for. In the tradition of past important social-issue docs ("Food, Inc," etc), “Windfall," which opens theatrically in New York on Friday, could make an important difference in how we think about sustainability issues.
As Robert Bryce, author of “Power Hungry: The Myths of ‘Green’ Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future,” told me the “infrasound” issue is the most problematic for the wind industry. “They want to dismiss it out of hand, but the low frequency noise is very disturbing,” he explained. “I interviewed people all over, and they all complained with identical words and descriptions about the problems they were feeling from the noise.”
Here''s a link to a story I did on the film on the eve of its festival premiere for the WSJ.com. Be sure to check out the comments section to see the vociferous responses from wind-energy critics.